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Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Albrighton.
Ashley Young has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Damien Duff receives a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Damien Duff. Marc Albrighton takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Stephen Ireland coming on for Nathan Delfouneso.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Moussa Dembele. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Clinton Dempsey misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside against Nathan Delfouneso. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Stephen Warnock. Richard Dunne takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Zoltan Gera.
Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Delfouneso.
Short corner taken by Simon Davies.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Effort on goal by Marc Albrighton from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Gera on Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Damien Duff. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
Damien Duff comes on in place of Carlos Salcido.
Danny Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Jonathan Greening goes off and Andrew Johnson comes on.
(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Stephen Kelly coming on for Chris Baird.
Zoltan Gera challenges Ciaran Clark unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.
Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Long range effort by Stephen Warnock goes wide right of the net.
Chris Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Stewart Downing. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young.
Unfair challenge on Luke Young by Simon Davies results in a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Barry Bannan takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
Stewart Downing fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
A goal is scored by Marc Albrighton from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist by Barry Bannan.
Luke Young takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Foul by Danny Murphy on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from inside the area by Moussa Dembele clears the bar.
Barry Bannan takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Brede Hangeland. Direct free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
Ciaran Clark joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nigel Reo-Coker.
Zoltan Gera challenges Stephen Warnock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Richard Dunne. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
Nathan Delfouneso is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Delfouneso.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel. Effort on goal by Zoltan Gera from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Zoltan Gera produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Headed effort on goal by Nathan Delfouneso from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, James Collins has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Clinton Dempsey. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
Clinton Dempsey fouled by James Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Brad Friedel.
The game kicks-off.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee ends the match.
Hughes: Momentum must be maintained
Mark Hughes has demanded Fulham keep their foot on the pedal as they seek to continue their climb up the Barclays Premier League.
The Cottagers put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone with last weekend's 2-0 victory over Wigan, a result that lifted them to 10th.
It was only their second league win of the season and Hughes wants more of the same when Aston Villa visit south-west London.
"Performance-wise we've been fine but results-wise we want more points on the board," said the Fulham manager.
"We've been playing well this season, although with a bit of frustration with a few draws initially.
"We had a couple of defeats but last weekend I thought we were excellent.
"The level we reached against Wigan was what I'm looking for and I want to make sure the standard we achieved last weekend is maintained against Villa.
"We want to build on that result against Wigan and achieve back-to-back wins.
"If we can pick up six points in two games we'll very much establish ourselves in the top half of the table - and that's where we want to be for the remainder of the season."
Fulham have been lifted by the return to fitness of Damien Duff and Dickson Etuhu, who have recovered from their respective calf and ankle injuries.
"It's been a good week and we're in good shape - Damien Duff has trained most of the week so he's available for selection," said Hughes.
"Dickson Etuhu has been involved over the past few days so he's also an option."
Andy Johnson will continue his comeback from the bench having made two substitute appearances this season.
The former England striker only recently recovered from a combination of shoulder, knee and hip injuries but Hughes insists he will soon be ready to start.
"Every day Andy gets stronger and more ready for 90 minutes," he said.
"He won't start this weekend but we'll look to introduce him at some point in the game.
"Andy's really pleased with where he's at and the way he feels.
"With strikers it's more a timing issue than actually being physically tired in games.
"It's about getting your timing right, arriving at the right time in the box and creating chances in the box when you get the opportunity."
Meanwhile, Gerard Houllier has urged Nathan Delfouneso to make his mark and help Aston Villa overcome a striker crisis.
England Under-21 player Delfouneso will make his first league start in the absence of the injured John Carew, Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Carew is the latest casualty with a torn calf injury suffered in training on Thursday and he will be out of action for three to four weeks.
Heskey underwent surgery on Thursday on his lateral knee ligament injury and will also be out for a month.
Agbonlahor is back in training after a groin operation three weeks ago but it is too early for him to be considered at Craven Cottage.
Houllier said: "It is an ideal opportunity for young Nathan to step up. He will definitely be the main striker.
"Young players don't stay young all their lives. At some stage they will grow and get mature. But their career usually starts when there is an opportunity.
"I know Nathan is not a newcomer because he has already played under Martin (O'Neill) so he knows the Premier League.
"But to him maybe it is an ideal opportunity to put his footprint on things."
Houllier is refusing to be downcast by the growing list of injuries which also includes skipper Stiliyan Petrov.
He added: "Injuries are part and parcel of the football club and that is why we need the squad. I am confident. I think we've got a good squad, a good team.
"We have to deal with things on a daily basis. I am not down. It happens. I am not devastated. In fact, I am confident."
Winger Marc Albrighton is available after serving a one-match ban against Birmingham for his sending-off against Burnley in the Carling Cup and midfielder Steve Sidwell has recovered from a stomach bug. Full-back Habib Beye is also in contention after overcoming an ankle problem.
Cottagers leave it late to snatch a point
Fulham centre-half Brede Hangeland earned Fulham a point with a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.
Marc Albrighton's 42nd-minute strike looked to have given the visitors a vital win when he latched on to a sensational cross-field pass from Barry Bannan to finish in style.
But Hangeland rose highest to head home a free-kick from Danny Murphy with just seconds remaining.
The visitors should have opened the scoring in the first minute when Albrighton put Stewart Downing in the clear but he delayed his shot and Carlos Salcido cleared the danger.
But Fulham responded immediately with a cross from Simon Davies that was headed straight into the hands of Brad Friedel by Zoltan Gera.
A dangerous cross from Downing in the 10th minute caused Mark Schwarzer to punch the ball clear for a throw-in but both sides were largely entrenched in midfield.
In the 15th minute, Villa's England under-19 striker Nathan Delfouneso headed inches wide when he rose unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box to meet a cross from Albrighton.
But a minute later it was Fulham's turn to be wasteful when Gera wriggled free of the Villa defence only to send his shot a yard wide of the target from the edge of the penalty area.
Villa had Friedel to thank in the 18th minute when Davies put Clint Dempsey clear but the American's angled drive was save by the outstretched foot of the Villa keeper.
The loose ball fell invitingly for Gera but his volley was just too high with the goal gaping.
Villa's injury crisis deepened in the 33rd minute when captain Nigel Reo-Coker was forced out of the action with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. He was replaced by Ciaran Clark.
Delfouneso wasted another gilt-edged chance in the 40th minute when Bannan's pass found Luke Young on the right.
Young's shot was saved by Schwarzer and Delfouneso headed over from six yards.
But Villa went in front three minutes before the interval when a brilliant 40-yard crossfield pass from Bannan put Albrighton through and the Villa winger cut in from the right before drilling the ball into the bottom corner.
Villa's Delfouneso wasted another chance to get on the scoresheet in the 54th minute when he sent a tame shot into the arms of Schwarzer from the edge of the penalty area.
Andrew Johnson was introduced to the action in the 59th minute in place of Jonathan Greening as Fulham looked to get back into the game.
Johnson has been out for 13 months, initially with a groin injury and then a long-term knee problem, but after making his return in the final minutes against Wigan last week, boss Mark Hughes looked to the striker to save them from defeat.
In the 62nd minute Murphy's shot from the edge of the penalty area looked destined for the net until Richard Dunne's diving header diverted the ball to safety.
Fulham's appeals for a penalty when Dempsey's cross appeared to hit Dunne's arm were waved away by referee Peter Walton in the 66th minute.
Villa full-back Luke Young produced a crunching tackle on Salcido moments later which required lengthy treatment and forced the end of his participation in the game. The defender was replaced by Damien Duff for the final 22 minutes.
Johnson brought a fine save out of Friedel in the 74th minute when he burst into the penalty area and drilled a low angled shot towards the bottom corner.
The Fulham striker should have levelled in the 81st minute when he found himself with just Friedel to beat but the Villa keeper dived to his right to thwart him.
In the final minute of normal time, Ashley Young was denied a goal when his header from Downing's cross was brilliantly saved by Schwarzer.
But centre-half Hangeland earned Fulham a share of the spoils in injury-time when he headed home Murphy's free-kick.
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